In my college life, I was an English major. Sometimes, the small things you are forced to learn come back to have meaning later. This recently happened to me.
One of my friends has a bad habit of using slang. Now, in one of my Renaissance English classes, we were introduced to the origin of some of the slang. It seems that, in that time period (indeed, in all time periods), men realized that it was a sin to take the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11) and, knowing that man is to be judged by every word he speaks (Matthew 12:36), they thought they could fool God by changing what they said slightly.
Now, I grew up knowing that “darn” was a word to avoid, as it was a corruption of “damn.” But, did you know that other phrases we use were similar in origin? Such things as: “Jiminy Cricket”, “gosh”, “dang”, “cheese it”, “drat”, and “doggone”? There are many more, but you get the idea, don’t you? If we are to be judged by our speech—indeed, by every word—should we not strive to be more careful what words we use?
What say ye?